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Water Sports

Barbados is fringed by coral reefs which host a variety of marine life and offer brilliant scuba diving and snorkelling. Sea horses, frog fish, giant sand eels and the hawksbill turtle are among the creatures to be found around the Carribean island. Visiting the barrier reefs half a mile to 2 miles away from the shore is a must. Dive operators can provide equipment, advice and guided tours.

Carlisle Bay near Bridgetown has 200 wrecks and is a great venue for beginners. Folkstone Marine Park features the well known wreck of the Stavronikita. The best conditions for windsurfing, jet skiing, parasailing and water skiing are on the south and west coasts. Crane Beach on the south eastern side is a pink tinged stretch of sand that is perfect for bodysurfing but too rough for swimming. There is also good, regular surfing at the Soup Bowl, Rockley Beach and South Point. All watersports are simple to arrange.

Spectator Sports

Cricket is the national obsession and can be enjoyed practically all year round, both at national and club level. Test matches and the Inter-Caribbean Shield competition are played at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown. Several great names of West Indian cricket are from Barbados, most notably Sir Garfield Sobers.

There are 20 horse racing meetings at the Garrison Savannah during the year’s 2 main seasons (January to March and May to October), the highlight of which is the Sandy Lane Gold Cup Race, held on the first Saturday in March. Polo is played to a high level all the way through the year.


There are 3 18 hole courses (Royal Westmoreland, designed by Robert Trent Jones Junior, Sandy Lane and the Barbados Golf Club) and 3 9 hole courses (Rockley, Almond Beach Village and Belair). Reservations are generally required and instruction is available at all levels.


Boat chartering is available for spin fishing, game fishing and inshore fishing. Game fishing tournaments are held regularly, with the highlight of the deep sea season being the Mutual / Mount Gay International Tournament in April.


Stables and horses are accessible and horse riding along the beach at sunset can be arranged.

The Barbados National Trust organises customary guided hikes, as advertised in their ‘Calendar of Hikes’. The hikes, which last for approximately 3 hours, begin at 6.00 am, 3.30 pm and 5.30 pm. Participants on evening (moonlight) walks need to bring a torch. For further details, please contact the tourist board (see Contacts section)